The real Venice experience with a local guide (small group)
Let us take you through an interesting walk to discover the most mysterious and unknown places of Venice. A true Venetiancertified guide will lead you in this fascinating experience in a 2.15 hours walking tour in a small group.
You will visit the most authentic Venetian districts: Cannaregio, where life is completely different to the rest of the city, quiet and authentic, the Ghetto where the Jewish community still live (set of Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice).
Stop by a jewelry laboratory (vetro a lume) where you will see a local artisan making small glass jewels.
Reach Rialto Bridge, one of the most popular tourist spots of the city, and discover the old trade center, with its markets where locals still shop.
Last but not least, explore the Sestriere Santa Croce where the oldest “mascareri” (creators of Carnival masks) are still working following the tradition of centuries ago. You will see how an artisan mask is made.
This building is one of the largest baroque palazzi in Venice, well known for the remarkable frescoed ballroom painted by Tiepolo and location of magnificent masquerades balls in the past.
Meet and follow your certified guide in the discovery of the most authentic neighborhood of Venice, Cannaregio, where locals live and spend their time.
The term ghetto was originally used in Venice to describe the part of the city to which Jews were restricted and segregated. Nowadays it is still a center of Jewish life in the city with its synagogues and restaurants. Shakespeare decided in fact to set one of his masterpieces, the history of a Jewish moneylender (The Merchant of Venice) in the city.
Chiesa della Madonna dell'Orto
The church, erected by the now-defunct religious order the "Humiliati" in the mid-14th century, held some Tintoretto paintings in its interiors.
Glass Jewels laboratory
Visit a jewelry shop and admire a glass craftsman working on small ovens with 1200 degrees where he makes small glass jewels, from pearls to necklaces, earrings and bracelets.
Fondaco dei Tedeschi
The fondaco, a store-house, was the headquarters and restricted living quarters of the city's German (Tedeschi) merchants. Later a customs house under Napoleon and a post office under Mussolini, it is now a really fancy shopping mall.
One of the most famous tourist attraction of the city, Rialto bridge was, until Accademia Bridge was constructed in 1854, the only place through which one could cross the canal on foot.
The Rialto area is well known also for its famous market, open every day (Sunday closed) and frequented mostly by venetian citizens, a continuous passage of people, boats and carriage of fruits, vegetables and fish.
Mascarer (creators of Carnival masks)
You will also have an insightful view of Santa Croce sestiere (quarter) where the oldest "mascareri" (creators of Carnival masks) are still working following the tradition of centuries ago. You will get the chance to see a master at work.
San Giacomo dell'Orio
The last stop is in front of SAN GIACOMO DELL'ORIO, founded in the 9th century. The area is well known for the local restaurants and the terrible story of Biasio, the butcher of Santa Croce.
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